Next Regular Meeting

Mon March 19th @ 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Next Testing Session

Mon Mar 19th, 2018 6:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church
620 S. Grandview Avenue
Daytona Beach, Florida 32118

Next Club Event

DBARA Tailgate Party
Sat Apr 7th, 2018 8:00 am
(To be announced)

Club Repeater Listings



** Special Vote now April 16th Meeting for Secretary **

Due to health issues and stress, Captain John LoCicero and Carolyn Truesdale have decided to resign their positions as of the February meeting. During the meeting, it was announced that the membership will vote on a replacement Secretary at the April 16th meeting. Too much going on in March.

Current Nominee(s):

John Herleman (KM4WHO)

Volunteers, please contact the board of directors.

DBARA 2018 Tailgate Party – April 7th @ 8 am

The Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association 2018 Tailgate Party will be held in the

First Presbyterian Church Main Parking Lot
704 S Grandview Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32118-3823

Expected to start around 8:00 am.

More information to come...

** SkyWarn Training at the Volusia EOC on TUESDAY ** PreRegistration REQUIRED

February 23rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Volusia County Emergency Management, in cooperation with the US National Weather Service Melbourne Florida, will host a basic and advanced SKYWARN Spotter Training class Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Emergency Operations Center, 3825 Tiger Bay Road, Daytona Beach. The basic course is from 10 a.m. to noon, and the advanced course is from 1 to 3 p.m.

SKYWARN training is geared toward anyone interested in public safety and communications during extreme weather events. The program is developed and taught by National Weather Service meteorologists and consists of trained weather spotters who report severe and hazardous weather to help in the weather warning process. SKYWARN spotter...

New DBARA Board meeting location

February 23rd, 2018 by KS4GD

Starting Saturday March 3, 2018 at 1000L the DBARA Board meetings will be held at the:

Daytona Beach Police Department
129 Valor Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
This new location will provide much needed additional space for our board meetings.  The additional space will also accommodate club members wishing to attend any of the board meetings.
Below is a map showing the location of the meeting. A room number and additional information will be provided before the meeting.


Jon Rutledge KS4GD

Which way does current really flow?

February 23rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU

I was recently taken to task by one of my blog readers regarding my description of current flow in my No Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide. He wrote:

"You casually say that current flows from Positive to Negative (with cool accompanying directional arrows), without any accompanying qualifying statement. Over the years I have looked at ALL the views on the subject. Positive to Negative is NOT what I was taught 48 years ago, and I have never seen a good reason to change my view."

In a subsequent email, he pointed me to a Nuts ‘n Volts article, “Which Way Does Current Really Flow?” ( and asked my opinion. In the article, the author, who is a ham by the way, does a good job of explaining the various types of current flow.

I agree that in electronic circuits electrons flow from negative to positive, but it really doesn’t matter. I agree with one the article's...


February 22nd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

This morning in Lofoten, Norway, a magnetic observatory picked up unusually pure low-frequency waves rippling around the Arctic Circle. Known as "pulsations continuous" (Pc), these rare magnetic oscillations can energize particles in our planet's magnetosphere, boosting the brightness of auroras. Indeed, strong auroras are being seen right now in Scandinavia. Visit today's edition of to learn what caused these Pc waves and to monitor the ongoing display.

Happy National Engineers Week

February 21st, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Today, as we continue to celebrate National Engineers Week, Allied recognizes the “American Captain of Industry,” Henry Ford. Commonly known for introducing the Model-T automobile, Ford is also known for other inventions, including the moving assembly line and automatic conveyor belt, effectively introducing automated manufacturing as we know it today. This American industrialist also had major achievements in the aviation industry, including the invention of the B-24 Liberator aircraft. In 1947, he became an honorary member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF).

Here’s some news to make your day a little brighter

February 21st, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Kirkland (WA) officials recently reported that "5,987 volunteers dedicated 34,413 hours to various city programs and community service projects. From running the front desk at City Hall to maintaining an emergency HAM radio network, local volunteers see their work as essential to bettering the community," according to the Kirkland Reporter newspaper.

Kirkland’s population boom is evident in its multiple growing neighborhoods but can also be seen as the city reports a steady rise in community service, with 2017 having the most individual volunteers on record.

The city reported that 5,987 volunteers dedicated 34,413 hours to various city programs and community service projects. From running the front desk at City Hall to maintaining an emergency HAM radio network, local volunteers see their work as essential to bettering the community.

“In the City of Kirkland, we have wonderfully amazing, smart, enthusiastic and generous group of people who give their time and are...

“Awesome” Activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase

February 21st, 2018 by AJ4MQ

“On-the-air activity for the 2018 ARRL International Grid Chase (IGC) has been awesome!” ARRL Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, said this week. “The year also began with DXpeditions, as well as several contests at both HF and VHF, to boost numbers. Facebook and social media (Facebook, Twitter #ICG) are abuzz with chatter about the event, the excitement, the grids worked.”

Jahnke said the statistics show the highest overall activity on 40 and 20 meters — not surprising in the winter — and especially strong digital activity. He expects phone and CW activity to perk up this month and next, with the ARRL International DX Contest CW weekend February 17 - 18, and the phone weekend...

Fears Sweden’s new driving regs may hit amateurs

February 21st, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Sweden's national amateur radio society, the SSA, has written to the Government to point out the unintended consequences of mobile phone driving legislation on radio amateurs

A Google English translation of the SSA post reads:

We have previously written about the ban on the use of mobile phones in conjunction with driving on February 1.

In a letter to the Ministry of Food and Transport, SSA wishes to draw attention to the fact that the wording of the new legislative...

SpaceX Tesla Roadster photographed passing a star cluster

February 21st, 2018 by AJ4MQ

How far away can you see a cherry red Tesla Roadster?
Yesterday, a telescope in Chile spotted Elon Musk's electric car 3.7 million kilometers from Earth as it was passing by star cluster NGC 5694.

Using orbital elements published by NASA, amateur astronomers are setting new distance records almost every day as they track the Roadster en route to the orbit of Mars.

Visit today's edition of for updates and a movie of the Roadster and the star cluster.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service Transitioning to New Online Reporting System

February 20th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect was among other highlights in “The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) 2017 Annual Report,” released this week.

“ARES Connect is a volunteer management system that covers event signup, reporting, and roster management,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said. “It does not change how ARES operates when serving a partner entity; it is simply a system that will make managing volunteers and events easier.” Beta testing of ARES Connect will begin in March. ARES made changes to its report forms last year to make it easier to process information at ARRL Headquarters and to standardize the format for all forms....

Dear DBARA Club Members,

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

As your DBARA Treasurer, I'm writing to remind you of our next meeting this coming Monday, and to express my sincere desire to see you all there. We had a great turn-out for our first annual meeting in January and I hope we can keep up the momentum.

Please let this also serve as a gentle reminder that, if you have not already done so, you should pay your annual dues to renew your membership and maintain your voting privileges. As spelled out in our By-Laws, members should pay their dues by March 1st to remain active, voting members of our club. At the same time, thank you to the many members who paid their dues before the last meeting; I'll have your receipts for you at the welcome table Monday night.

As always, please feel free to email me if you have any questions!

73, Linda S., N9LHS
DBARA Treasurer

SARL President to meet Bouvet DXpedition team in Cape Town

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

SARL President, Nico van Rensburg ZS6QL will meet with the crew of the Bouvet Island DXpedition in Cape Town today during a function arranged by the local radio amateurs.

The DXpedition had to be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions making it impossible to fly with a helicopter to land on the island.

Their ship suffered an engine failure and it was decided with only one engine operating to sail for Cape Town as that was the closest safe destination.

The South African Radio League

SARL Digital Contest next Sunday

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

The aim of the SARL Digital contest on Sunday 25 February is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs in Southern Africa using the FT8 / RTTY modes.

The contest is open to all radio amateurs in Southern Africa and runs from 14:00 UTC to 17:00 UTC with activity between 3 580 to 3 600 kHz, 7 040 to 7 060 kHz and 14 070 to 14 099 kHz.

A station may be contacted twice on each band once on RTTY, once on FT8. The exchange is a RSQ report and the first 4 digits of your grid square e.g. KG30.
Contacts with stations in Areas 1 to 7 are worth 3 points.
Contacts with stations in the rest of the world are worth 1 point.
Area 1 to 6 equals ZS1 to ZS6, Area 7 is Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, St Helena Island, Tristan da Cunha Island, SANAE base, Reunion Island, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mayotte and the Comoros.

Logs in ADIF, Cabrillo or MS Excel format with a summary sheet and labelled "my call sign Digital Contest,"...

DXCC Country/Entity Report

February 17th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

According to the Amateur Radio Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 9th February, through Friday, 16th February there were 227 countries active.

Countries available:

3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y,

A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY,

K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, TZ,

UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4,...

ARRL Receives Byrd Antarctic Expedition Morse Key, Historical Materials

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

ARRL has received from Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, the donation of a Kilbourne & Clark Morse key that the late Howard Mason (1ID, 7BU, and K7QB) used to let the world know that Rear Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew had overflown the South Pole for the first time during Byrd’s 1928 – 1930 Antarctic expedition. Mason and his 80 colleagues were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their efforts in establishing the Antarctic outpost “Little America,” the first of a series of bases bearing that name.

Mason was a lifelong radio amateur from Seattle who was an active ARRL National Traffic System participant and manager. In 1923, he relocated to Connecticut to serve as an editor of the ARRL’s journal, QST. Mason’s first polar experience was as a radio operator with the Wilkins-Detroit News Arctic expedition that traversed the North Pole by air in 1928. This led to his selection by Byrd to be a radio engineer with...

KE4PT and W4RQ Win the February QST Cover Plaque Award

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

The winning article for the February 2018 QST Cover Plaque award is “Live Trees Affect Antenna Performance” by Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, and Richard Quick, W4RQ. The QST Cover Plaque Award -- given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the March issue today!


IARU Secretary Presents ARRL Antenna Book CD During Visit to Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

On February 2, former ARRL CEO and current IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, and his wife Linda, KA1ZD, paid a courtesy visit to the National Headquarters of Cuba’s Federation of Radio Amateurs of Cuba (FRC) in Havana (easy to spot, he said, because of CO2FRC’s 80-foot tower with an 8-element log periodic antenna for 14 – 30 MHz and wire antennas for the lower bands).

They were received by FRC President Pedro Rodríguez, CO2RP, and other board members, as well as members of the Havana branch and other associates. Bob Ibarra, CO2KL, served as interpreter.

Sumner praised the work of the FRC in disaster communications and congratulated the organization on its new website, He also commented on the consistent support of the Cuban administration for Amateur Radio in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) forums.

Before leaving, the Sumners presented the FRC with a CD version of The ARRL Antenna Book...

W1AW/7 to be on the Air from ARRL Southwestern Division Convention

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

W1AW/7 will be on the air from the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Yuma Hamfest) in Yuma, Arizona (DM22), beginning at 1600 UTC on February 16 and continuing through 0200 UTC on February 18.

Operation will be on phone, CW, and digital modes on all bands through UHF (The station is restricted to 100 W because of its proximity to the Yuma International Airport).

A staff of four control operators experienced in special event station operation will oversee the activity. The list of “celebrity” operators will include Gordon West, WB6NOA; ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA; Vice Director Ned Sterns AA7A, and convention featured speaker Craig McVeay, N0CSM, one of the volunteer Amateur Radio operators deployed to Puerto Rico to assist in hurricane relief.

A video crew from “Ham Nation,” hosted by Bob Heil, K9EID, will cover the activities. — Thanks to Arizona SM Rick Paquette, W7RAP

A44A cancels youth participation in CQWW 160m contest

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Upcoming ARISS contact with University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at University of the Philippines Integrated School, Quezon City, Philippines on 17 Feb.

The event is scheduled to begin at approximately 10:23 UTC. The duration of the contact is approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

The contact will be direct between OR4ISS and DX1ISS. The contact should be audible over the Phillippines and adjacent areas. Interested parties are invited to listen in on the 145.80 MHz downlink. The contact is expected to be conducted in English.

The UP Integrated School (est. 1976) is the laboratory school of the UP College of Education. It offers an integrated curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 12. It is one of the country's pioneer integrated schools and has been offering an integrated curriculum from Kindergarten to Grade 10 since its inception until the mandatory implementation of the Department of Education's K-12 program in 2012. The UPIS is the product of the merging of...

N4DAB Special Event Station

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Daytona Beach CERT is running a special event station for the 60th Daytona 500. N4DAB will have a HF station running from Wednesday February 14 to Sunday February 18. The event will end at start of race 2:30pm.

For More information

Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Daytona 500 2018 Net

February 16th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

This Sunday February 18 the Daytona 500 will be at the International Speedway. The race is set to start at 2:30 pm. Starting at 3 pm we will start a simplex net on 145.555. At the start of net we will ask for relay station. If you would like to be a relay station please contact net control. For those unaware what a relay station is a relay station listens to net control and when NCS is finished calling for stations will then have a relays station ask for stations and relay the stations heard to net control.

After all stations have been checked in we will move back to 147.240 T123 and ask for stations that could not check in. After the simplex net has closed we will start a open net. The open net will run till the race has ended.

Karl Martin KG4HBN
Emergency Coordinator
Volusia Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Sisterhood of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in Obtaining Radio Wireless Patch

February 10th, 2018 by AJ4MQ


The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR), in conjunction with the Girl Scout Council of Southern Nevada, hosted a Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day on February 3 in Las Vegas, for more than 60 girls and their adult chaperones. ARRL began offering its Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts in 2016. The program defines the requirements for Girl Scouts to earn the patch at the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador levels and provides a platform for participants to learn about wireless technology, including Amateur Radio, and to inspire girls to learn the fundamentals of radio communication and wireless technology. It also prompts participants totake action in their communities to apply their newfound knowledge toconnect people, provide safety, and to kindle...

HamCation 2018

February 8th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Event Information

HamCation 2018

All the information you need to attend HamCation 2018 is on these pages. We have location information, hours of operation, driving directions, local hotels & motels, along with a list of other area attractions. For any additional infor or questions please feel free to contact us.

Location, Date & Time

Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo Park
4603 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32808

February 9, 2018 | 9AM to 5PM
February 10, 2018 | 9AM to 5PM
February 11, 2018 | 9AM to 2PM

Get Directions


Possible Summer Field Day 2018 Site Photos

February 7th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Here are some images of Hammock Park the potential Summer Field Day 2018 Site

SpaceX Falcon Heavy – Launch Successful. Land rocket landings successful!

February 6th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

Fantastic launch and return of 2 of the 3 engine sections on land. no word on Barge yet

They had 2 different live views on the same YouTube feeds!

Fourth Annual DBARA Tailgate Party

February 4th, 2018 by AJ4MQ

[ABORTED] 3Y0Z – Bouvet 2018

February 3rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

FEBRUARY 3 @ 21:30z — During the last 72 hours we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog, and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet. No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next four days. Then, last night an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the expedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition. [Co-leaders K0IR, K4UEE, LA6VM]

FEBRUARY 1 @ 22:00z — Hal, W8HC reports the ship moved to the NE side of the island earlier today to get some [WX] relief. He also mentions:



SkyWarn Training Feb 27th at Volusia EOC

February 3rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

The CWops Award for Advancing the Art of CW

February 3rd, 2018 by AJ4MQ

CWops is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for this prestigious award for the year 2018.

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals, groups, or organizations that have made the greatest contribution(s) toward advancing the art or practice of radio communications by Morse code.

Criteria -
Candidates for the award may be one or more of the following:
• Authors of publications related to CW
• CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches and instructors
• Public advocates of CW
• Organizers of CW activities
• Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW
• Other contributors to the art or practice of CW
Note: The award is not limited to amateur radio operators and organizations.

Nominations may be made by anybody (not limited to CWops members). Nominations should be emailed to <> with a copy to <> .

In order to be considered,...